|Annual Exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists|
West Gallery, Mall Galleries
- emphasise the opportunities afforded by the exhibition - which opens to the public on Thursday 1st November
- highlight why I think this exhibition sells so much art - and why wildlife artists should aspire to be selected for this exhibition
One of the things this society has is a strong educational ethos. It offers advice and guidance to emerging wildlife artists (see exhibitions events below) and awards two bursaries each year to promote development and skills. These are:
- Painting Wild Scotland Bursary - offers an emerging artist the opportunity to attend a week long course in Scotland under the tutelage of two of the Society’s leading painters; Chris Rose and Darren Rees - and to exhibit a selection of the resulting work at the annual exhibition of the SWLA. The judges want to see a portfolio of working sketches and field studies that show energy and emerging talent. Applications have to be made by June
- Seabird Drawing Course Award - this offers places on The Seabird Drawing Course with John Busby. The week long course is to be held 16-23 June 2013 at seabird colonies in North Berwick and the Firth of Forth. The closing date is September. (Application form - will be updated for 2013)
(Note for other art societies: The funding for the bursaries is created through the donation of a small artwork for auction)
|Thursday November 1st||Portfolio Day (11am and 3pm) with Michael Warren SWLA and Harriet Mead PSWLA. An opportunity to bring some examples of your work for feedback and guidance.|
President’s Tour (11.30am) An informal tour of the show with Society President Harriet Mead
|Friday November 2nd||Exhibition tour (11am) and Book signing|
by Bruce Pearson VPSWLA, author of Troubled Waters: Trailing the Albatross, an artist's journey
Demonstration of ceramic techniques (11am - 4pm) by Jill Moger SWLA,SWA.VPRMS
Talk (3pm) by Vice President Bruce Pearson on his experiences following albatrosses and other seabirds across the remote Southern Ocean
|Saturday 3 November||Max Angus - available for advice and comment in the gallery|
|Sunday 4 November||D I M Wallace - available for advice and comment in the gallery|
|Monday 5 November||Robert Greenhalf - available for advice and comment in the gallery|
|Wednesday 7 November||Barry Sutton - available for advice and comment in the gallery|
|Friday 9 November||Daniel Cole - available for advice and comment in the gallery|
|Saturday 10 November||David Parry - available for advice and comment in the gallery|
|Sunday 11 November||Esther Tyson - available for advice and comment in the gallery|
|The winning painting of an old moose by Heather Irvine |
the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2011
hangs in the North Gallery
The UK national art society which sells the most works in an exhibition - in a numerical sense - is the Society of Wildlife Artists.
Which art society exhibition sells the most works of art?
|Exhibition in The Threadneedle Space|
So how do they do it? Here's some of the reasons why I think this art society does so well
- Wildlife art has a strong customer base in collectors. They like the art and they like collecting it. Once you've assured a customer base that they can be assured of a very good exhibition, then they will turn up year after year and generate a lot of sales at the PV. What converts a fan into a collector is quality - and that depends on excellence in practices relating to selection and standards expected of both artwork and presentation.
- The wildlife is biased towards the UK. Most notably this exhibition places more emphasis than I see in other exhibitions on the animals and birds found in the UK
- The artwork is authentic and speaks to those who know their animals and birds. These artists know their subjects. Much of the artwork in this exhibition is produced by artists who develop their art from observations and sketches made in the field.
- The artwork is artwork. Very little is trying to look like a photograph. It's realistic and figurative but rarely hyper-realistic. These are paintings which look like paintings.
- Artists display work in a wide range of styles and media. There's something for everybody. It includes some of the best printmaking I see all year.
- This is an exhibition which hangs a lot of work - and yet it never looks crowded to me. There's a lot of use of neutral or white frames for work. There are incredibly few works where you notice the frame before you notice the work
- This is an exhibition in which the work is hung extremely well. The hang is organised by a small group of members led by the President and two of the Vice Presidents. I almost enjoy the hang as much as I enjoy the work.
- The Society has a lot of dedicated professional artists as members - this is how they make their living. Many of them are represented by several galleries and/or have their work exhibited in several exhibitions and art fairs each year. Over time I guess they've learned a thing or two about how to market their work!
As I managed to turn up a day too early by mistake(!), I don't know who won the prizes - which will be announced at the Private View on 31st October - so I will do a separate blog post about this later in the week. I'm just hoping I spotted some of the winners!
The North Gallery - Out of the Frame
As last year, the far room in the North Gallery has been given over to the display of sketches made in the field - which are pinned to the wall "out of the frame". (I also discovered how they do this without damaging the paper - and will be sharing an amazing hanging device on Making A Mark Reviews!)
I'm going to do a complete blog post next week on Esther Tyson one of the artists in this room as her work and her story is fascinating.
- Society of Wildlife Artists
- Making A Mark:
- Review: Society of Wildlife Artists - Annual Exhibition
- Society of Wildlife Artists - Annual Exhibition 2009
- 45th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists
- Society of Wildlife Artists at the new Mall Galleries
- Wildlife and Natural History Art - Resources for Artists